Download PDF by Tim Wise: Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat

By Tim Wise

During this strong follow-up to among Barack and a troublesome position, Tim clever argues opposed to "colorblindness" and for a deeper color-consciousness in either private and non-private perform. we will be able to in simple terms start to stream towards actual social and fiscal fairness via what clever calls "illuminated individualism"—acknowledging the various identities that experience formed our perceptions, and the position that race maintains to play within the upkeep of disparities among whites and folks of colour within the usa this present day. this is often the 1st publication to debate the pitfalls of "colorblindness" within the Obama period.

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It’s also lured little girls into being lurid. Dressed in everyday cheesecake, they are learning to lap dance before they are finished wearing braces and training bras. Levy also points to the thriving cosmetic industry where women pay exorbitantly to be puttied and sutured into more pleasing fabrications. There are other instances where women continue to cater to commercialized chauvinism—such as the Olympian athletes who’ve posed nude for Playboy. Levy suggests that these caricatures of sexuality have arisen, in part, out of a perverse form of feminism that equates power with salacious sexuality.

For instance in 1637 when William Bradford wrote Of Plymouth Plantation, he set out to write a historical account of God’s providential design for his chosen people. With that in mind, he records how God “provided” for the Puritan victory in their war with the Pequot Indians and he describes how the Puritans, in following God’s will, burned Pequot homes. If any Pequots tried to escape, the Puritans grabbed them, stabbed them, hacked them to pieces, and threw their bodies into the fire. Bradford tells us it was a fearful sight to see Pequots frying, their bodies sizzling.

Yet the word chauvinism is still being kept alive in other arenas where its historical background helps set the scene. We get the word from the name of Nicholas Chauvin, an old seventeenth century French soldier who was ridiculed as a self-important super-patriot. Happy to be of service, he was pleased with himself and his uniform, and quick to brag that he had been wounded seventeen times. A soldier of unquestioning loyalty, Chauvin sauntered around as a tail-wagging war dog who idolized Napoleon and spoke of the glory of France with such hyperbole that he became the laughingstock of his village.

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